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What the Ministry of Defence does

We work for a secure and prosperous United Kingdom with global reach and influence. We will protect our people, territories, values and interests at home and overseas, through strong armed forces and in partnership with allies, to ensure our security, support our national interests and safeguard our prosperity.

MOD is a ministerial department, supported by 29 agencies and public bodies.

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Our ministers

Our senior military officials

Chief of the Defence Staff
Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
Commander of Strategic Command
Deputy Commander UK Strategic Command

Our management

Permanent Secretary
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy and Operations)
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Financial and Military Capability)
Chief of Defence People
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Information Officer
MOD Chief Scientific Adviser
MOD Chief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear)
Director General Finance
Director General Nuclear
Director General Security Policy
Director General Strategy and International
Lead Non-Executive Board Member
Non-Executive Defence Board Member and Chair of the Defence Audit Committee
Non-Executive Defence Board Member and Chair of the People Committee
Non-Executive Defence Board Manager

Contact MOD

Office address

United Kingdom

General enquiries

020 7218 9000

Media enquiries Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm or out of hours (emergencies only)

020 721 87907

Personal data requests

For more information follow the link above.

Medals enquiries

MOD Medal Office
Innsworth House
Imjin Barracks
United Kingdom

Copyright and Intellectual Property Group

MOD Copyright Administrator
Poplar 2 #2214
MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH
United Kingdom

MOD copyright licensing information

Low flying complaints

If you have concerns about military low flying or wish to complain.
United Kingdom

Ask Defence

MOD Ministerial Correspondence Unit
5th Floor, Zone A
Main Building
United Kingdom

Please note that we cannot reply by email. You must include a postal address if you wish to receive a response.

MOD confidential hotline

Fraud Defence (Confidential Hotline)
3.N Main Building Whitehall
United Kingdom

The Ministry of Defence has a confidential hotline that you can use to raise concerns about fraud, security threats, damage to the environment, breaches of legal obligations or codes of conduct.

Ministry of Defence Register of interest

DBS Finance

Floor 1, Zone A
Walker House
Exchange Flags
L2 3YL
United Kingdom

Veterans UK

Free helpline telephone: UK only

0808 1914 2 18

Free helpline telephone: overseas

+44 1253 866 043

Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC)

Room G35
Innsworth House
Imjin Barracks
United Kingdom

24 hour contact number for casualty notifications and compassionate travel requests:

01452 519951 (fax: 01452 510807)

Deceased estates:

01452 712612 ext 6323/6301

Inheritance tax:

01452 712612 ext 8174


01452 712612 ext 6304/6442/7659


01452 712612 ext 6303 / 6082 / 5520


01452 712612 ext 7330/6303

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting us using the details below.

Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulation requests

MOD Information Rights Team
Ground floor, zone D
Main Building
United Kingdom


The MOD is endeavouring to meet its statutory obligations under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). However, the measures implemented to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are likely to significantly impact on our ability to respond to requests within the legislative timeframe. Where possible correspondence for MOD Information Rights Team Ground floor, zone D, Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB United Kingdom should be sent by via email to We will process requests as quickly as possible, where priorities and resources allow, however there will inevitably be delays in processing some of these requests. Thank you for your patience during this time.

High profile groups within MOD

Corporate information

Jobs and contracts

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